Landslide in Tibet Traps 83 Miners, No Survivors or Bodies Found

A landslide at a Chinese-run mine in Tibet trapped 83 workers, and after 28 hours rescuers have yet to find any survivors or recover bodies, the official Xinhua news agency reported today.

The chances of survival for those buried are slim as rescue efforts are hindered by the high altitude and low temperatures, Xinhua said. Two of those trapped are Tibetan and the rest are Han Chinese migrant workers from neighboring provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have ordered every effort be made to rescue the workers, Xinhua said.

The Jiama copper and gold mine in Maizhokunggar county near Lhasa is the Chinese government’s biggest project to tap mineral resources in Tibet, with planned investment of 5 billion yuan ($805 million) through 2015, according to the industry ministry’s website.

The mine is operated by the Huatailong Mining Development Co.